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B u f f a l o Wyoming Knights - The Cowboy State’s Start Spreadin’ The News... New York’s Carnegie Hall Semi-Pro Football Team Bill's GreatInvites GHS Band Grandsons to Perform on Famous Stage Die In Plane Erica Caves (TBC) the Statue of Liberty. This is the trip of a life time for these Crash In March of 2014, GHS Concert young students. Getting to play see story page 9
(AP) — Authorities have recovered the bodies of a businessman and two of "Buffalo Bill" Cody's great-grandsons from the wreckage of a small plane that crashed into a central Florida marsh. The Federal Aviation Administration lost contact with the Cessna 310 on Thursday afternoon, and the crash site was discovered Friday about 20 miles west of Vero Beach, Fla. Authorities haven't released the names of the victims, but a family member identified them as Rob Krieger — a Florida businessman — and brothers Kit and Barry Cody. Kit Cody's son-in-law, Bryan Edwards, tells The Cody Enterprise (http://bit.ly/XeHBvB ) the three had been "island hopping" in the Bahamas before the crash. Buffalo Bill, whose real name was William F. Cody, was best known for his Wild West show, which ran from the 1880s to the early 1900s.
US Rig Count US rig count drops 4 this week to 1,757 (AP) — Oilfield services company Baker Hughes Inc. says the number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. dropped by four this week to 1,757. The Houston-based company said in its weekly report Friday that 1,333 rigs were actively exploring for oil and 420 for gas. Four were listed as miscellaneous. A year ago, Baker Hughes counted 1,989 working rigs. Of the major oil- and gas-producing states, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma and Pennsylvania each gained two rigs.
First Freshman to Win State! Taylor Makes GHS Wrestling History Glenrock High School Herder Jackson Taylor is now the 2013 Class 3A 120 lb., Wyoming State Wrestling Champion. Erica Caves (TBC) Taylor started his journey to state wrestling back in 2nd grade, around the age of seven. Wrestling was much different for Jackson back then. Tammy, Jackson’s mother, tells stories of how their family would be at a wrestling meet and Jackson would be on-deck. Instead of warming up, he would fall asleep next to the mat waiting. Since those days, G-rock's State Champion has changed. He is now the first Freshman in the history of the Herd, to win the State Championship. Wrestling finally started to click for Jackson in the last couple of years, with two very successful middle school seasons. The Taylors were nervous coming in to high school after being told that high school wrestling is a completely different ball game than middle school wrestling. Jackson lost his first match of the year in Torrington after cutting weight for the first time, but quickly turned it around and went on to have a great season,
Jackson Taylor wrestles his opponent during February’s State Wrestling Championships at the Casper Event Center. Photo Brandi Rowe
losing only four matches this year. Two of those matches were lost to opponents that he went on to beat at some point in the season. Coached by Nic Dillon and with a successful, regular season behind him, he was ready for Regionals. Jackson stormed through Regionals and won the championship. “I was pretty excited about Regionals, it was my first step-up and it gave me a good advantage going into state” says Jackson. By the time this year's state
championship came around Jackson was ready to get back out on the mat. Going in, both Jackson and his family weren’t feeling a whole lot of pressure. Because Jackson is only a freshman he said it felt like there wasn’t a lot of pressure on him to win. His opponent for the State Championship during the Feb 25 and 26th competition held at the Casper Events Center, was high school senior Ty Alexander from Lander and was the same young man that he had both lost to at Ron Thon and Continued Page 2
Construction of New Medical Office Building for MHCC Set to Begin
Arkansas was up one. Louisiana declined by five rigs while Colorado and Texas each fell by two. Alaska and West Virginia were down one apiece. California and Wyoming were unchanged. The rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981 and bottomed at 488 in 1999.
Architectural drawing of the proposed new MHCC facility to be constructed on Center Street in Douglas.
Douglas – Memorial Hospital of Converse County Board of Trustees unanimously approved construction of a new $6.7 million medical office building during their February board meeting.
The self-funded, 22,670 sq. ft. building will be located at 700 Center Street in Douglas and will provide space for Memorial Hospital’s out-patient clinics, wellness department, walk-in clinic, and includes basic laboratory and radiology services.
Demolition of the existing structure on Center Street will begin the week of March 11. The public is invited to attend a groundbreaking ceremony at the building site on April 4 at 10 AM.
Band will be heading to Carnegie Hall. The band was invited by the Manhattan Concert Productions to take part in the National Band and Orchestra Festival. This three day festival will actually be held in the Carnegie Hall, in New York. The band will have a chance to perform for 20 minutes; they will most likely perform for around 15 minutes and leave the rest of the time to be able to talk personally with the judges. They will then get another 20 minutes off stage to talk to a clinician. The band will perform one time during the three days, and will be attending the final evening concert. This is a very significant trip to a very prestigious concert hall. Jeremy Huck, the GHS Band Director, enforces this by saying, “If you are a performer of any kind, Carnegie Hall is like your holy grail.” To get there the band will be busing to Denver and then flying to New York. They will be staying in a hotel near Carnegie Hall, Central Park and Broadway. Besides performing, they have a small amount of time scheduled to visit local historic areas such a Ground Zero. After the final night’s performance they will be going on a riverboat ride where they will be able to see the New York Skyline and
in such a prestigious theater and then getting to see all of the amazing sites around the city of New York, will be unforgettable. The trip is also very expensive. The school will be paying for the transportation to Denver and back but the rest of the money is left for the band students to fundraise. The band students will be hosting Jazz concerts, raffles, and seeking donations. Nearly 25 band students are expected to take the trip to Carnegie Hall, and the cost is approximately $1,000.00 per student. Although the road ahead of them to raise money for their trip is long, Huck considers it all a part of the experience. By working hard to raise the money for the trip it will be that much more rewarding when they get to perform at Carnegie Hall.
Because of the recent snowy weather the Jazz band concert and spaghetti dinner fundraiser scheduled for February 26th was canceled after the chef for the evening was stuck in Laramie during Wyoming's most recent snow storm. The band plans to reschedule their Carnegie Hall fundraising dinner concert soon.
Effort To Repeal "Hill Bill" Up For Discussion
(AP) — The Wyoming Constitution Party is seeking to repeal the new state law that removed state Superintendent Cindy Hill as head of the state Education Department. The effort's chairwoman, Jennifer Young of Torrington, told the Wyoming Tribune Eagle (http://bit.ly/Ww4FFY ) the drive isn't about Hill. She believes the law violated the state constitution because it stripped the superintendent's office of much of its administrative du-
ties. However, supporters of the effort have yet to meet requirements to begin collecting signatures. If they do get the go-ahead, they need to collect 37,606 signatures by May 28 in order to get the referendum on the November 2014 ballot. The last statewide referendum on the ballot was in 1996. It dealt with term limits in a bill passed by lawmakers the year before and failed.
Wyoming Senate Endorses Money For Gun Protection
(AP) — The Wyoming State Senate has voted to shoehorn an appropriation of money to fight any possible federal gun ban into a bill originally intended to encourage bison hunting.
The Senate on Tuesday voted to amend the bill to add a $250,000 appropriation to the state Attorney General's Office for possible legal action to protect gun rights. The House would have to approve the change before the bill goes to the governor.
President Barack Obama has called for a crackdown on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition magazines following December's massacre of 20 school children in Connecticut. The Wyoming Senate last week declined to hear a separate bill that sought to exempt Wyoming from any assault weapons ban because legislative leaders said a pro-gun organization had used rude lobbying tactics.
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Glenrock Library News Annyoung Hasimnikka!! Hello in Koran from the library! Visit our Mango Foreign Language database on line. There are over 80 languages to choose from. Learn from the comfort of your own home. This database comes to us courtesy of the state library and it’s free!! Come in and find out how to get connected. The library will be closed Monday, February 18, 2013 to observe President’s Day. We will resume regular hurs the following day. February is Black History Month. Carter G. Woodson along with, the Association for the Study of Negro Life & History announced the first Negro History Week in 1926. Black Americana by Richard A. Long is a powerful book depicting the history and the people we honor this month.
There will be no story time on Wednesday, February 27. The Children/Young Adult Librarian will be heading to Casper for a workshop!
Glenrock Town Council Minutes
Rolling Hills Town Council Minutes
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Glenrock Town Council meeting On Monday, February 15th, 2013 began at 6:30pm following a council workshop. A Public Hearing concerning the liquor license transfer for Rusty’s Knotty Pine was held and since there were no public concerns the meeting was adjourned. The first order of business during the Town Council Meeting was to approve the minutes from February 11th, 2013. Next reports were addressed. Mayor Dills will be attending the Wyoming Association of Rural Water training classes.
Matt Keating from Linc Energy was scheduled to speak but was not present.
At the beginning of the Rolling Hills Town Council Meeting a Public Input Meeting was scheduled, because no one from the public attended there were no comments and the Public Input Meeting was adjourned. The first order of business in the Town Council meeting was to approve bills and claims from the February 5th meeting. Parks and Entertainment business was discussed. The annual Rolling Hills Easter egg hunt is scheduled for Saturday, March 30 at 11 am. There is word that a special Easter bunny may be making an appearance.
Council approved a revision to Resolution 2013-06 Main Street Grant Application, concerning funds that are to be used for a logo and a website. The last order of business was to approve Resolution 201307 Sharps Rifle Stock Transfer (resolution name is going to be altered for records) concerning the new owners that are going to be taking over the business. These owners have big plans for the shop and they are excited to get it up and running. The meeting was then adjourned.
Jr. Councilmen Dusty Horn presented a report about the recent goings on at the High School. Next were items from the floor and discussion of the financial report. Glenrock is in very good standing financially. New business discussion included the liquor license transfer, it was mo-
There are zoning meetings scheduled for every second Tuesday of the month to take place at the Town Hall, beginning at 6:30 pm. These meeting
are open to the public, and the public is encouraged to attend.
The Joint Powers Board will also have a meeting on April 3rd.
Junior council member Breanna Farley sent a written report by email to be read at the meeting, informing the council of all of the upcoming events at Glenrock High School.
Next, a maintenance report was given and the council approved the purchase of a Craftsman’s tool set. The council also approved a budget amendment and then went on to discuss new business. The Sand Dunes Recreational Area was discussed and an update of activities to be held there was mentioned. Nothing specific is scheduled to take place. With no other business the meeting was then adjourned.
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For Read Me A Story: February 16 – 23: The Gettysburg Address by Abraham Lincoln. For Read Me A Story: February 23-March 2: Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport. Pick up the phone and dial 4362353 to listen to a great story!! We’re on the web at http:wyldweb.state.wy.us/glen or at www.conversecountylibrary.org. Our phone number is 436-2573. Fax number is 4368525. Be sure to “friend” us on Facebook!! Just look up Glenrock Library. Check out the 3m Cloud audio library at: gowyld. net/econtent. Use your card to login!
Community Baptist Church, 301 S 2nd St, Glenrock: Easter morning breakfast, 9:00 AM; Easter service, 10:30 AM. Regular Information: Worship service 10:30 AM Sundays, nursery provided. Sunday School 9:00 AM. Every month: open communion first Sunday, potluck last Sunday at noon. Info: 436-9091. Church of Christ, acappella, 420 S 2nd St - worship service communion 10:00, sermon 10:15 Sundays; Bible study Wed, 6 PM.
Coach Dillon receives a bear hug from Jackson Taylor, after the win, as Coach Don Flynn looks on. Photo © Brandi Rowe. then came back to beat for fifth Jackson's goal for the future? place the very next day. to win state all four years of his high school career. The match, known as a "grudge match" went into all three pe- "It’s going to take a lot of hard riods and was close the entire training and being able to stay at time. Both wrestlers got warned the right weight" stated Taylor, for stalling. In the third period "but I'm excited." Jackson took control, pinned Alexander, and won the 120lb title. Both Jackson and his family are eager for the future and are look"He worked hard all year and it ing forward to where his wrespaid off" stated Jackson's mother tling journey will take him. and biggest cheerleader Tammy Taylor. Congratulations on your big win Jackson Taylor!
Assembly of God, 201 N 3rd St - 10:00 Sundays. Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 939 W Birch St: Lent - Every Tues - Soup supper, 6:00 PM; Service, 7:00 PM. Good Friday service, 7:00 PM. Easter breakfast, 9:00; service, 10:45 AM. Regular Info: worship service with communion 10:45 AM Sundays, children's Sunday School 9:45 AM; Bible study Mon 7 PM, 10 AM Wed. Church of the Resurrection, 506 W Birch St - worship service 8:30 AM Sundays. St. Louis Catholic Church, 601 S 5th St: Mass Sun, 9:00 AM. Daily communion services M-F: Mon and Wed, 7:00 PM; Tues, Thurs, Fri, 7:00 AM.. Lent - Lent Eucharistic Adoration 7:30 AM -7:30 PM all Tues of Lent; Stations of the Cross 7:00 PM all Fri of Lent. Holy Thursday and Holy Friday: mass, 7:00 PM. For more information, call 436-9529 Glenrock Baptist Church, a Bible-believing New Testament Church, 125 N 7th St - Sunday Bible study 9:45 AM, Sunday morning service 11 AM, Sunday potluck 12:30 PM, Sunday afternoon service 2 PM, Wed evening service 7 PM. Les Potter, 315-3218. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 219 Lookout Dr, 436-2217. Sacrament meeting, Sunday, 9:00 AM. Visitors welcome. Sunday School, 10:10. Glenrock First Southern Baptist Chapel, 485 E Birch St, 251-6688. Sunday services 10:45 AM and 6:00 PM; Sunday School 9:30 AM; youth at Boys and Girls Club 5:30 PM. Tuesday Men's Bible Study at Rec Center 6:30 PM. Wed service 7:00 PM. Christ Episcopal Church, 415 W Cedar St, 436-8804; Worship service, 9:30 AM each Sunday with Morning Prayer and Holy Eucharist alternating on different weeks. Sunday School, 9:30 AM.: Lent - Stations of the Cross and Soup Supper all Wed, 7:00 PM.
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Wyoming Veterans Motorcycle Clubs Helps out Local Boys and Girls Club
CCW Creating “Waves” in Converse County Erica Caves (TBC) Misty Pritchard (TBC) Competitive swimming has come back to the town of Glenrock. Converse County Waves, the Glenrock club, is back in action. The club, unaffiliated with Glenrock schools, was recently taken over by coach Naomi Harris on February 4th of this year. She is very excited to be helping with the swim team and has big goals for their future. The swim club holds practices in Glenrock at the middle school pool, on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5 to 7 pm. The club currently has eight swimmers, but encourages more people to join in. It is a team for all ages. Although it is a competitive club participants are not required to compete at meets. The team
practices nearly year round with the exception of taking a one month break after summer state.
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There are competitions almost every weekend but the club only participates when its fits the swimmer’s schedules. Casper, WY holds swimming meets regularly. Converse County Waves is a USA swimming club. They have competitions ranging from small to national level meets. USA swimming has been around since 1980 and is the basis of the Olympic swimming team. CCW has fun competing, and competing is one of their goals as well as working towards qualifying for the State meet that is held every summer and winter. CCW is here to help people de-
Converse County Waves Swimming Coach Naomi Harris velop a lifelong love for swimming, and have fun while doing it. According to coach Naomi Harris, “We are looking at this as a fresh start for the club. With the help and support of the community I see the club growing and prospering into a fun, safe outreach for children and adults.”
The Glenrock Boys and Girls Club were recently visited by the Wyoming Vietnam Veterans and the Legacy Veterans Motorcycle Club. The Motorcycle club is made up of two different groups of veterans, the Vietnam veterans and the Legacy veterans which are made up of members that served during the years of 1975 through the present. These men came to Glenrock to present the Boys and Girls Club with $8,000.00 dollars. The Motorcycle Club raises money by hosting a Biker Ball every year, along with money from their sponsors. This year's 18th annual Biker Ball hosted a dinner and raffled off tickets for bikes, held giveaways, and many other things to raise
money for charity. The proceeds all go to charities, groups, families, or non-profits in Casper and the surrounding areas that the groups select. Over the last several years the two groups have given out nearly half a million dollars. Donating money to places like the Glenrock Boys and Girls Club, they have also raise funds for Veteran Organizations, MakeA-Wish, families of deployed soldiers, and children that suffer serious injuries. They try to help anyone that reaches out to them. Donating to the Boys and Girls Club of Glenrock was the first time that they made a donation in the small rural town.
needs more people like those in these groups, “We are just a bunch of old guys on motorcycles, and people are usually scared of us, but we have the biggest hearts.” The financial support that they provide to so many people in need does not go unnoticed. They may no longer be actively serving in the military but they are still serving the people around them, and for that we salute them.
Gary Vermeulen, a member of the Motorcycle Club, stated that there is no doubt that the world
Glenrock Residents and Special Olympiads Risk Freezing Waters for Special Olympics - Jackalope Style Jackalope Jump Erica Caves (TBC) On Friday, February 22, 2013 Casper, Wyoming hosted the Jackalope Jump, a special event that raises money and awareness for the Wyoming Special Olympics. Many supporting families and friends came together in teams and entered to "Jackalope Jump" - a jump that consists of jumping into frigid waters. It was hosted at the Casper Recreation Center.
Grose Jumpers left to right ------ Jamie Hasting, Jill Helmey, and Pat Grose. Photo Erica Caves © The Bird Central.
The Cherry Bombers left to right - Casey McKillip, Randi Jones and Jordan McKillip. Photo Erica Caves © The Bird Cental.
A pool of freezing cold water was filled up outside the Aquatic Center, ready for the night’s bravest men, women and kids to plunge into. It was a thrill ride, an exciting event leading up to the Special Olympic Games to be held in Laramie, WY in May of this year. Teams were charged an entry fee of $100 dollars to jump into the freezing water, but many donated more money that they had earned through fundraising. Two teams from Glenrock fundraised money for the jump and are still trying to raise money for other expenses for the Laramie games.
Grose Jumpers left to right Jaycee Mason and Charlotte east. Photo Erica Caves © The Bird Central.
Michael Grose takes his Jackalope Plunge with dignity. Photo Erica Caves © The Bird Central.
Those are boys! No, Their Girls! No! its“Our Girls” Glenrock High School Play
The Glenrock teams participating consisted of the "Cherry Bombers" and the "Grose Jumpers." The Cherry Bombers were made up of Casey McKillip, Jordan Mckillip, and Randi Jones. Randi and Jordan are coaching a Special Olympics swim team and Casey, a Special Olympiad, is participating on the team. Casey led her teammates in a loud, original cheer right before they sprung into the cold waters below. The second team, the Grose Jumpers, made up of Pat Grose, Tanner Grose, Jamie Hasting, Taitum and Jill Helmey, Jaycee Nason, and Charlotte East, were all present to support Glenrockian and Special Olympiad Michael Grose. Michael is competing in track and field. After submerging in the freezing water they hustled back into a warming pool to warm up. Both teams had a wonderful time and stated they all look forward to doing it again in the future. The Jackalope Jump was a great event that brought many people together for one common goal, to support Wyoming's Special Olympics.
Left to right Jamie Simpson, Lewis Allen and Dusty Horn placate Ms. Anna Kroll during the GHS Drama production “Our Girls” directed by Ada Jane Pauline. Photo Erica Caves ©The Bird Central. Erica Caves (TBC) On the nights of February 19th and 20th the Glenrock High School Drama Club performed their rendition of "Our Girls," directed by Ada Jane Pauline. It was magnificent. The play was filled with humor that kept the audience laughing throughout the entire duration of the play. "Our Girls" told the story of a family set in the 1950’s. The
family was made up of Elmer and Mildred Lovejoy, played by Glenrock High School students Gideon Williams and Clarissa Bryner. They had three teenage boys, Vivian, Francis and Jesse Lovejoy, played by Glenrock High School students Dusty Horn, Lewis Allen, and Jamie Simpson. The Lovejoy family was about to receive a very substantial amount of money from Aunt Jessie, but there was one problem, Aunt Jessie thought
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the Lovejoy children were girls. When Aunt Jessie notified the family that she would be coming to give them the money in person the family had to come up with a plan trick Aunt Jessie. Their wild teenage boys were about to become well behaved young women. The majority of the story line was about the Lovejoy family trying to keep this huge secret from their Aunt. Eventually, Aunt Jessie, played by GHS student Ana Kroll found
out the three children were boys. This was the GHS drama club’s last play for the year, and the Seniors were honored by the directors Ada Pauline and Michelle Hawkins. In return the Senior class also thanked their directors for their support through the years.
The Glenrock Bird
They Cast A Giant Shadow
Words were often thrown aside,
At times, I sit and think about,
one showed his peers his worth;
the heroes of my past;
bragging was often frowned upon,
men who stood on principle, Calvin Season Wake early in the morn, Head out to check them heifers, Was this my duty?’ from the day I was born? Reckon I’ll get up and get out there, Darned almost there, Pert Near” Them dern momma cows droppin calves like flies, So dern-tired kaint see through my eyes, In the pasture ‘baby calves everywhere, My boot tangled in barbed wire’ Leaned through and ripped out my hair, Those dern bulls make many those babies,
Thank that cowboy-over yonder’-he’s, real good “with the, Howdy-N-Maybe”
for this country wide and vast.
Surely, no time for coffee an breakfast, even an egg, Time for a good swift- kick’ right to the leg, What’s an ole cowboy ta do, Well reckon just put in a chew, Calvin season ‘works never done, This ole job-aint just for anyone, If it aint doctorin its prolapse, Boy I tell ya’ I’m about to collapse, But its Calvin season and the cowboy way, Reckon this feller here’ Has no word left to say?
and never wore a cape or hood,
Men who stopped at nothing, to accomplish any task; nor used some silly mask. They stood for God and country, their families always first; they didn’t have to prove a thing, for freedom was there thirst. For life, they worked their hearts out and hand outs would never accept;
by all who walked this earth. Folks just didn’t give a damn, just who you thought you were; but on how one treated others, like a human not a cure. Help was always right at hand, and folks just never complained; they never expected a thing in return, it went all against the grain. Oh, I could say a lot more I guess, these folks I used to follow;
no high and mighty attitudes,
I sure do miss ‘em on certain days,
each human earned respect.
cuz, they cast a giant shadow
Mementos His reminiscing was interrupted when his 6 year old grandson bounded into the room. Shoving his dirty hand into the old wooden box, Kody pulled out a coin. "Grandpa, why are you saving this dime?" "Well, Kody, that's a mercury dime. They don't make them anymore. See the wings next to his head? He is the Roman God – the messenger god – the god of commerce and profit, so they say. Considering that the United States prints, "In God We Trust" on its money, it has always seemed a bit odd that we had a Roman god on a coin," Grandpa replied. Kody didn't even look up as he rubbed it on his shirt,"Uh-huh, can I have it?" "Obviously, you're not listening. It's rare – no, you can't have it."
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Kody reached into the box and pulled out a folded one-dollar bill. "Can I have this, grandpa?"
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"No, Kody. This is a scarce onedollar bill – see what it says here? Silver Certificate."
on his head. "That's my military beret, there aren't many of these around, they're few and far between. Gotta hang on to that, Kody." "Wow, grandpa. An old baseball card. Who was Pete Rose?" "He was an amazing player back in the day. This is his rookie card, you seldom see one of these anymore. It would be worth more if he hadn't been caught cheating, money does strange things to people. But it's worth a couple hundred dollars anyways." "A coupla hundred dollars? Man, I could sell it and buy a new game for my Wii. Can I have it grandpa?" Grandpa carefully lifted the card from Kody's fingers and placed it back in the box. "Hey, Kody, what's that noise? I think it's the garage door. Grandma must be back. Go see if you can help her." With his hand searching around inside the box, Kody didn't even look up. "It's the neighbor, I can tell. Grandpa, how did you meet Grandma?"
"What about this, grandpa. Can I have this?" as he held up a 'Reagan for President' button.
"Oh, now that's a great story. Your grandma, well, she's not rare or scarce like the stuff in my box. She's a 'once in a blue moon' kinda find."
"Kody, don't you have anything to do besides go through my box of mementos?"
"I met her…"
"Grandpa, this old stuff is cool. How about this pin? See, it fits on my shirt." "Kody, those are the wings I earned when I flew a fighter plane in Korea. No, you can't have them." With his gnarled fingers, he struggled to remove the pin from Kody's shirt. "See that dent? A bullet that hit my plane came through the side and glanced off my wings. One-ofa-kind. Maybe when I die…"
"Grandma's home." Grandpa looked up to see the backside of Kody's jacket flying through the doorway. "Once in a blue moon, yup, that's her," he whispered as he placed the box of mementos back on the closet shelf. "I remember running to meet her, too, I surely do." He smiled as he closed the closet and walked toward the kitchen.
"Die? How long will that be grandpa?" "Kody, I don't know – I think I hear grandma calling you." "Grandma went to the store. How about this, can I have this?" as he placed it crossways
Dear Sassy, My son texts his girlfriend so much that its interfering with his life and I think hers too. My family cannot even have a nice dinner time with him because his nose is buried in his phone. We have talked with him about this and asked him to please consider how rude it is, but he simply doesn't care. They text each other during class, even when they are in the same class, and both have gotten written warnings about it but that doesn't seem to stop them. Even when we are trying to have a conversation with him, he stops to answer a text or continue a conversation. Its rude and I don't know how to make him STOP. Dear Mom of the over-ahtexter, I'm assuming you pay the cell phone bill? correct? “So there are new rules in this house starting NOW,” is how the conversation starts with your son. All cell phones will be left in bedrooms during meals by everyone, no exceptions. If he looks at his phone during a serious conversation with you, or your husband, its yours for the rest of the day for being rude. And lastly the next time he gets a written warning in class, his phone stays home from school for one week. This could happen multiple times. You are the parents, you make the rules, so unless he wants to get a job to pay his own cell phone bill, then can make the rules. Otherwise this is the new cell phone policy in your house. Type it up, all parties sign, make it official and no bending on the rules.
The Glenrock Bird
Nevin H. "RED" Walkinshaw Nevin H. "RED" Walkinshaw, 88, passed in Las Vegas, Nevada on February 16, 2013.He was born on July 13, 1924, in Casper, Wyoming where he was raised on the V.R. Ranch in Glenrock, Wyoming. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he lived the majority of his working life in Southern California where he began distinguished forty year career as a professional truck driver, working first in the early oil fields of Southern California before becoming a long-haul cross country driver for many years and logged well over 1,000,000 miles. Red was a member of the Shriners and VFW. He retired from the Bragg Companies in 1990 and moved to Bullhead City, Arizona where he resided until becoming Ill then stayed with his son Ken until his passing. "Red" was preceded in death by his wife Beulah, son George, grandson Kenny, longtime friend Shirley Hansen and Brothers; William and Edward. "Red" was the loving brother of Margaret Doll of Pueta Vallarta, Mexico, devoted father of daughter Neva Liebe of Las Vegas, son Ken and daughter-
in-law Sharie' of Las Vegas, and 8 grandchildren, nineteen great grandchildren, and 2 great- great grandsons. Hunter and Emmett. of Springville, Utah. He will be cremated with a graveside service and placed next to his beloved wife at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Friday, March 15, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. P.S.T. in Cypress, California.
Edith M. Lewis Funeral services for Edith M. Lewis, 87, were held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, February 28, 2013 at the Gorman Funeral HomesConverse Chapel in Douglas, Wyoming with Pastor Echo Klaproth of Riverton, Wyoming officiating. A Vigil for the Deceased was held at 6:30 P.M. Wednesday, February 27, 2012 at the Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas led by Father Steve Titus. Interment was in the Douglas Park Cemetery. Edith Lewis a life-long resident of Converse County died Friday, February 22, 2013 in the emergency room of the Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas surrounded by her loving family. Edith was born November 12, 1925 on her father’s birthday in Douglas, Wyoming to Aubrey Wayne Manning and Minnie Marie (Spellman) Manning. She spent her childhood on the family ranch northwest of Douglas. She attended Brown Springs and Bear Creek country schools and later graduated from Douglas High School in 1943. As a child, she helped on the family ranch by feeding the chickens and collecting eggs, stocking the wood and coal pile, and trying to milk the cows. She helped herd the sheep and cattle. She was proud of the fact that her mother liked her to peel potatoes for her, commenting that she could peel them thinner so she wasted less and sliced them so they fried better. At a young age, after her mother’s stroke, she assumed more household responsibilities including care of her younger brother and sister. After graduating high school, Edith worked with the Agricultural Department, a rationing board, and a law firm. She met and later married Floyd LeRoy Lewis on November 14, 1946. Edith had been an active member of the American Legion Auxiliary since 1939. She was a Girl Scout leader and also enjoyed being a “room mother” for all three of her children. For over 36 years she was a dedicated bowler and served throughout as a league secretary. Dancing was her passion and she loved to kick up her heels on the dance floor. She enjoyed playing card and board games with family and friends. She took pride in her lawn, flower and vegetable gardens. Edith had a love for the outdoors and especially enjoyed fishing and camping. Some of her fondest memories were of the times shared at the trailer they had for over thirty years in the mountains. She took pleasure in watching her grandchildren pull brookies from the creek just as fast as she could bait their hook. Years later she would leave them behind to fend for themselves as she took to the streams fishing pole in one hand and cane in the other. She was a wonderful cook. Her banquet was always full of the family’s
favorites: fried chicken, round steak, rhubarb pie, homemade donuts and cinnamon rolls, and of course pancakes with homemade chokecherry syrup. She was proud of her State Fair Blue Ribbon mouth-watering divinity. Edith’s main interest and joy in life was her family. She loved sewing and made Christmas stockings, quilts and baby blankets for each new member of the family. She was the glue that kept everyone together. Edith is survived by her three children Linda (Chuck) Eaton, Danny Lewis, and Connie Lewis all of Douglas; five grandchildren: Tami (Bryan) Boyer, Clint (Terri) Ashmead, Bill Eaton, Kelly (Jeff) Hover, and Ashley (Cedric) Philo, and; and nine great-grandchildren; Allyson and Sarah Boyer, Jacob, John, and Grace Ashmead, Trenton and Brayden Hover, Lola and Timothy Philo; one sister, Irene (Bill) Lindmier of Douglas; sistersin-law MaeAnn Manning and Eileen (Jim) Van Stedum; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband LeRoy Lewis, July 14, 2004; parents, Aubrey, on January 1, 1980 and Marie, on January 7, 1972; and brother, Robert Manning, on February 12, 2006. Serving as pallbearers were Fred Smith, Bob Shinmori, Dave Dieckmann, Justin Koenig, John Ralph Sullivan, and Merritt Harris. Serving as honorary pallbearers were Joe Shinmori, Dr. Robert Narotzky, Rory Cross, Dr. Robert Wise, Tim Toula, Dave Kreycik, and Greg Richendifer. Memorials can be made to the Central Wyoming Rescue Mission or the Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind. Family and friends called at the funeral home on Wednesday, February 26, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. to 7:00 P.M. and on Thursday from 9:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming were in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com
Obituaries Dorothy Louise “Dottie” Steeley A funeral service for Dorothy Louise “Dottie” Steeley, 77, was held held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at 11:00 A.M. at the First Christian Church in Wheatland, Wyoming with Pastor Andy Gudahl officiating. Interment was held in the Wheatland Cemetery. Dottie Steeley died Saturday, February 16, 2013 at the University of Colorado Medical Center in Aurora, Colorado. Dottie was born January 7, 1936 in Marshfield, Missouri the daughter of Charles and Eldora Maye (Huffer) Townsend. Her family moved to Albin, Wyoming, where she attended elementary school. They later moved to Wheatland, where she finished her education. She was married to Dwaine Albert Steeley on July 13, 1952 in Wheatland. Dottie was an avid bowler for many years and achieved the women’s high score with a nearly perfect score of 298. Dottie worked in the restaurant business for over 25 years and 30 years as a bookkeeper for various businesses in Wheatland and retired in 2009 from Bloedorn Lumber. Dottie has operated a cleaning service since 1980 and was cleaning for two businesses up until the time of her death. Dottie had the love of cooking and baking at home and for her friends, and was still actively baking for the First Christian Church whenever needed. Dottie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Maynard and Audrey Huffer; her mom and step father, Maye and Don Hitt; husband, Dwaine, on November 23, 2000; daughter, Rhonda L. Steeley, on March 24, 1986; and grandsons, Scotty Joe Burnett, in September, 1971 and Cody M. Burnett, on March 13, 2010. Dottie is survived by daughters, Beverly M. (Lonnie) Orr of
Oldtown, Idaho and Roseanne L. (Frank) Solomonson of Richfield, Minnesota; granddaughters, Carrie (Bob) Harmon of Spokane, Washington, Christa (Torrey) Kurth of Tolstoy, South Dakota, and Coni Burnett of Bloomington, Minnesota; step grandsons, Russell (Linda) Orr of Belen, New Mexico and Wade Orr of Colony, Wyoming; great grandchildren, Bryce Harmon and Hunter Harmon both of Spokane, Sage Kurth and Katie Kurth both of Tolstoy, and Leihla Wilson of Bloomington. Serving as pallbearers wereColby Lebsack, Rick Robbins, Lonnie Orr, Frank Solomonson, Bryce Harmon, and Bob Harmon. Serving as honorary pallbearer was Hunter Harmon. Family and friends may call at the funeral home on Friday, February 22, 2013 from 2:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M. Arrangements were under the direction of Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland. Condolences may be left for the family at www.gormanfh.com
The Lasting Legacy of Mick Lehner
On February 21, 2013 the world lost one of the good guys. After a 34 year battle against the debilitating disease of Multiple Sclerosis, Mick Lehner fulfilled God’s plan for his life and went to meet his heavenly father. As with most things that described Mick, a simple good bye or a chronological listing of his accomplishments in an obituary just didn’t seem like enough. Through his beliefs, his life, his contact with his students and teaching peers, and his positive attitude; Mick Lehner gave all of us that knew him a lasting legacy that will be handed down for generations to come. Mick was a family man who loved history and traveling. Nothing thrilled him more than to haul his family and any other “coerced” individuals anywhere in this great state or country to explore various aspects of US History. Mick Lehner could give you a detailed narrative of such places as: Gebo, the battlefields of the Civil War, Paintrocks, medicine wheels, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Mick shared his love of history in his classroom to all those young minds that were fortunate to have him as their teacher. Mr. Lehner brought history “alive” to his students and fostered a love for his favorite subject in their minds. Mick was passionate. He was passionate about many things: the Boston Celtics (John Havlicek-no one was better than “Hondo”), the New York Yankees (Mickey Mantle – the best ever), music, the Glenrock Herders, good food, teaching, the Wyoming Coaches Association, his church, the Buffalo Bill Historical Center, and politics. Many great conversations centered on these passions and he was never without a good word on any of them. Mick loved to visit and there was never a person that he couldn’t befriend and talk to in any social setting. Mick was a great friend and he loved to laugh. Friendships ran deep with Mick. He would often tell anyone who would listen that his best friend for 63 years was his little brother, Tony. The Lehner boys are known throughout the state of Wyoming for their love of life and their ability to tell great stories. Nothing pleased him more than talking about the town of Glenrock and the “old characters” he and his brother Tony encountered as they were growing up. Mick would laugh until he cried as he discussed
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National Lampoon’s “Kaleidoscope” spoof on a HS yearbook, Pink Panther movies, and The Schmenges. Mick loved his country. It happened to be a coincidence that he was born on the fourth of July, but Mick often joked that he was 12 years old before he really realized that those fireworks were not for him. The Star Spangled Banner before a big game could put a lump in his throat and singing America the Beautiful could do the same. His love for the red, white, and blue could not be measured; and when coupled with a love of US History it made for a pretty awesome experience in a history classroom at Glenrock High School.
James Alva “Jim” Gaddis A celebration of life service for James Alva “Jim” Gaddis, 70, was held at 1:30 P.M. Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Wheatland Moose Lodge in Wheatland, Wyoming. Jim Gaddis passed away Monday, February 18, 2013 at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Jim was born March 22, 1942 in Wheatland, the son of Alva D. and Margaret E. (Moore) Gaddis. Jim was reared and educated in Wheatland and graduated from Wheatland High School. After graduation Jim moved to Laramie where he worked on a ranch until 1965 when he started training race horses. He trained horses all over the southwest, Texas, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Cali-
fornia. Due to an injury Jim had to give up training race horses and moved to Colorado. He then returned to Wheatland in 1996. Jim was known for telling stories. Jim is survived by his two brothers, Allen Gaddis of Vernon, Texas and Charles Brown of Lander, Wyoming and sister, Leona (Don) Gudhal of Wheatland. He is preceded in death by his father, Alva D. Gaddis on April 13, 2000 and his mother, Margaret Gaddis on October 12, 1999. The Gorman Funeral Homes – Platte Chapel of Wheatland was in charge of the arrangements.
Funeral liturgy for Edith Margaret Miller, 73, will be held at 10:00 A.M. Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at the Saint James Catholic Church in Douglas, Wyoming with Father Steve Titus as the Celebrant. A Vigil for the Deceased will be held at 6:00 P.M. Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at the Gorman Funeral HomesConverse Chapel in Douglas. Interment will be in the Douglas Park Cemetery. Edith Miller a life-long resident of Converse County died Friday, February 22, 2013 at the Memorial Hospital of Converse County in Douglas. Edith was born December 22, 1939 in Douglas, Wyoming the daughter of Asa Fleming and Mae D. (Spracklen) Miller. She was raised and educated in Douglas, and graduated from the Douglas High School in 1957. She was married to Donald “Doc” Alexander on November 8, 1958 in Douglas, and they later divorced. She was married to Gerald Hoffman on March 8, 1980 in Douglas, and they later divorced. She was a leader in numerous organizations in Wyoming. She managed ranch and construction businesses for several years and enjoyed worldwide traveling and
snowmobiling. Edith is survived by her sons, Richard (Dedri Schwear) Alexander of Pueblo, Colorado and Todd (Dorothy Sonnenberg) Alexander of Colorado Springs, Colorado; sister, Charlottre Tighe of Douglas; and grandchildren, Katie Rogers of Waco, Texas and Ricky Alexander of Douglas. She was preceded in death by her father, Asa Miller, on April 1, 1980 and her mother, Mae Miller, on June 20, 1992. A memorial to the Saint James Catholic Church, the American Cancer Society, or the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Serving as pallbearers will be Scott Cobb, Howard Huxtable, Robert Haefele, Mark Alexander, Tom Tighe, and George Etchemendy. Serving as honorary pallbearer will be Keith Ivester. The Gorman Funeral Homes – Converse Chapel of Douglas, Wyoming is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.gormanfh.com
sy.” That single quote exemplified Mick Lehner’s battle with his disease throughout his life.
Dixie Smith; quite a few nieces and nephews, a few cousins, and many devoted friends A memorial service for Mick will be held on Sunday, March 3rd at 1:00 pm in the Glenrock High School Gymnasium.
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Mick gained recognition from his accomplishments on the athletic fields as a coach of high school students. But when asked about his occupation, Mick would tell you that his love was being an educator and that being a coach was just an extension of his abilities as a teacher. Mick helped instill a love of learning and competing within his students and players, many of whom have chosen a career of teaching and coaching due to his positive influence and impact on their lives. Michael Harold “Mick” Lehner is survived by his wife Ann; daughter Michelle(Ty) Robertson and son Scott Lehner. Five grandchildren: Kade, Bryce, and Abby Lehner; Cole and Travis Robertson; his mother and father Helen Lee and Mick Lehner; his brother Tony (Carolyn) Lehner; sister Tammy Lehner; sister-in-law Susan Elfeld, and brother-in-law Jim (Franny) Hicks; his aunts Janice Pope and Karen Noble and uncle
Memorials in the name of Mick Lehner can be sent to: National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Wyoming Chapter 141 South Center Street Casper, WY 82601 Glenrock Community Baptist Church PO Box 1355 Glenrock, WY 82637 Glenrock Senior Center PO Box 783 Glenrock, WY 82637
In 1978, some tingling in his arms and episodes of “zinging” back pain sent him to the doctor to investigate, what Mick thought, was a pinched nerve. Those symptoms soon became the devastating diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis and a life that would be forever changed. Mick Lehner did not want to live his life from a wheel chair, and spend his adulthood being dependent on so many others to do the things that he felt needed to be done by him alone. He knew this diagnosis changed not only his own future, but the future of his wife and children as well. As devastating as that diagnosis was on that November day long ago, he met this disease head on and continued to be a man of character and integrity. Mick would often mention a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. when he talked about his illness: “The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controver-
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Grass Farming— Using Livestock to Harvest Forage
Ashley Garrelts Horses, cattle, sheep, bison, llamas, and probably a few other domestic exotics roam the pastures of Converse County munching on grass, forbs, and shrubs. Do you happen to be one who pastures these livestock across East Central Wyoming? If so, you are what many would consider a grass farmer. Grass farmers raise and care for native range grasses and other herbaceous plants. Whether you have one horse, two llamas, 150 beef cattle, or 200 sheep, it is your responsibility to not only care for those animals, but also the grass that feeds them. We are lucky in that grass plants evolved under grazing and thus they are equipped to respond to that grazing. Unlike shrubs or trees, grass plants have a growing point that sits near the surface of the ground during much of its life cycle. This enables grass to withstand grazing and thrive when it is managed properly. Grasses were put on this Earth with a mission— to make their
own food. Technically we do not need to “feed” our grass anything because of photosynthesis. As we all know from 5th grade science, leaves capture solar energy, absorb carbon dioxide, and combine them with minerals and water to make sugar and starches for growth and reproduction. Thus it is important to provide plants with enough opportunity to regrow leaf area after it has been grazed. The key to this is rest and recovery periods after a grazing event. Without rest, plants must draw sugars stored in their roots, which then do not get replenished and plant health suffers. As plant health suffers, bare ground increases, and weeds are more likely to invade. Our goal, as grass farmers, are healthy pastures, and allowing grasses to rest after a grazing event will help us accomplish this goal. So it must be reasoned that season long grazing is not the answer. What we need to do is rotational grazing, where livestock are rotated through a series of pastures throughout the year. One way to accomplish this, especially on smaller acre-
ages, is through temporary electric fencing. The speed of the rotation correlates to the speed of grass growth. In the spring when grass growth is fast rotations are fast, but in the summer when grass growth is slower, rotations are slower. As for winter grazing, the plant is not actually growing and will not suffer root damage. Grazing during this time can be beneficial as it removes old growth and clears the way for a fresh start next spring. Grass farming doesn’t require any machinery or tools, just knowledge of how grass grows, a few animals to help you harvest, and a love for the land. Converse County has plenty of grass, and as long as we keep it healthy and happy it will serve out its many purposes as livestock feed, protecting our soil, and our watershed for as long as we need it. Ashley Garrelts is the Converse County Agriculture Extension Educator serving Converse, Natrona and Niobrara Counties. She can be reached at (307) 358-2417 or ashleyg@uwyo. edu.
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Shelly Owen Certified Physician Assistant
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Shelly Willes Owen is a Certified Physicians Assistant from Casper, Wyoming. Shelly graduated from the University of Utah with her Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Sciences and the Rocky Mountain College Masters of Physician Assistant program. Before joining Memorial Hospital’s Oregon Trail Rural Health Clinic, Shelly worked as a Neurosurgical Physicians Assistant at the Wyoming Medical Center and as a provider at Urgent Care Now. Shelly’s broad range of expertise includes diagnostic, therapeutic, and preventative health care services, occupational medicine, and treatment of minor illnesses, burns, infections and injuries.
In addition to Shelly, Dr. Brian Retherford—Memorial Hospital’s Board Certified obstetrician and gynecologist— also sees patients at Oregon Trail Rural Health Clinic. Dr. Retherford is trained in a broad array of women’s reproductive health issues as well as all aspects of pregnancy healthcare. He performs yearly gynecological checks and deals with common women’s disorders such as endometriosis, infertility, urinary incontinence, and menstrual problems. Dr. Retherford also performs minimally invasive surgeries for gynecological disorders. Oregon Trail Rural Health Clinic provides quality basic medical care to the communities of Glenrock and Rolling Dr. Brian Retherford Hills. Unlike other Rural Health Clinics, Oregon Trail is part of Memorial Hospital of Converse County, one of the most trusted healthcare providers in the area. Memorial Hospital operates Oregon Trail RHC as an extension of care. The clinic is connected to the hospital by a dedicated high-speed network, and more importantly, dedicated providers who ensure their patients receive the best possible care. Our clinic, combined with some of the most respected healthcare providers in the area, creates a unique healthcare experience for Glenrock and its neighbors.
In addition to stuffy noses, sore throats, and wellness exams, the clinic staff also perform EKG’s, minor surgery procedures, women’s health services, blood tests, physicals, and much more. Shelly and her team provide healthcare services Mon-Thurs from 8 AM - 5 PM, closed Noon-1 PM; Friday 8 AM - 12 PM.
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WYOMING The Stars, the Moon, the Open Plains Thunder, Lightening, Pouring Rains Snow Covered Hills, Waving Grass Great Blue Skies, Clouds Roll Past The Lonesome Prairie, Stretching Far Ghost-Song Winds Blowing Hard Towering Peaks of Baron Rock Gusting, Howling ‘Round The Clock Coyote, Wolf and Black Bear Too Linger For the Morning Dew Vultures, Hawks, and Eagles Soar Skies Are Filled With These and More The Scrub, Sage and Chaparral Prairie Grass That’s Shoulder Tall It Hides the Badger, Bobcat, Lion Too On the Hunt, They Seek Their Food The Prairie Dog in His Busy Town Scurry, Dart and Play Around There Are Those Who Watch for Harm Who’ll Chirp, Whistle and Sound Alarm Deep Above the Tree Line Found The Mighty Elk His Trumpet Sounds Great Moose Browse in Creek or Pond Antelope Graze Then Laze Around Oil Derricks Stand Bold and Tall Far Apart or Wall To Wall Uranium, Gold, Rich Brown Coal Emerging From Their Massive Holes Ranch House, Bunk House, Calving Barn Hay Field, River, Branding Iron Cattle Chute or Huge Corral With Cows, Horses, Heifers All Rancher, Roper, Hired Hand, Tagger, Cutter, Tag and Brand Fencing, Feeding, Milking Stool Blacksmith, Vet, They Do That Too Courage, Honest, Honor, Love It’s Name Wyoming, We Say Home. Submitted by Joseph R Coughlin for The Bird Central Wy News
Utility Customers Warned of Nationwide Phone Scam SALT LAKE CITY – Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Gas are warning their customers of a phone scam targeting utility customers in many states, where crooks posing as customer service agents are trying to steal personal information. Scammers call customers claiming to be from their electric or natural-gas company. They tell the potential victim they have not paid for their service and are in jeopardy of being disconnected. The caller advises the customer to make a payment either immediately on the phone, by calling a special number or by going to a local store to purchase a pre-paid card and calling back with the code. Utility customers should be aware this is not a legitimate request and Rocky Mountain Power and Questar Gas do not follow this practice. If Rocky Mountain Power or Questar Gas contacts a customer, the representative will always have the customer’s account number. Even then, if you are contacted by phone and have
any concerns about the validity of the call, it is always appropriate to let the caller know you prefer to call them back at the utility’s published customer service number. Rocky Mountain Power can be reached any time, toll free at 1-888-221-7070. Questar Gas can be reached any time, toll free at 1-800-323-5517. Fraudulent calls have been made to the homes and businesses of Rocky Mountain Power customers. The calls are similar to those the company warned its Spanishspeaking customers about last summer. “These scammers are in no way associated with our company and we take very seriously any efforts to defraud our customers, especially using our company’s good customer relationships and reputation,” said Karen Gilmore, Rocky Mountain Power’s vice president of customer service. “We want to remind customers to be vigilant when anyone calls and requests account informa-
tion and credit- and debit-card numbers,” said Brad Markus, Questar Gas general manager of customer relations. “We have been informed some utilities in other states are experiencing an increasing number of incidents where impostors end up stealing money from customers.” Customers should never provide unsolicited callers or visitors with credit card numbers or any other information that may compromise their financial security. Switching to paperless billing may also provide more security by avoiding potential theft of utility bills from the mail box or trash can. Anyone receiving such calls or other forms of contact regarding their utility bill is encouraged to pay close attention to any information – such as the phone number they are asked to call, a number that appears on caller ID, an address where they’re told to send money, or even vehicle license plate numbers – and to report the incident to local police and their utility provider.
Eagle Count Up in 2013 Wyoming Survery Volunteers Count 310 Eagles during 2013 Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey Fifty-nine volunteers spent the morning of Jan. 18, 2013 searching for bald and golden eagles across the Powder River Basin. Their efforts were part of the nationwide Midwinter Bald Eagle Survey, coordinated locally by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Buffalo Field Office (BFO). Volunteers counted 179 bald eagles, 108 golden eagles, and 23 eagles of undetermined species, on new and established survey routes along 1389 miles of public roads. Sightings of several other raptor species were also reported, the most common being rough-legged hawks and red-tailed hawks, and less common being northern harriers and American kestrels. One observer reported a group of Greater Sage-grouse as well. The Midwinter Bald Eagle survey has been conducted in the Powder River Basin (PRB) since 2006, with 119 eagles counted in that year. The 2007 through 2012 surveys found 300, 162, 269, 288, 290, and 304 eagles, respectively. These survey totals vary due to the number of routes covered in each year, but are also influenced by weather and the availability of food sources including carrion, prairie dogs, and rabbits. Golden eagle observations retained their high numbers from 2012, which was a 40 percent increase from 2011. Bald eagle numbers were also similar to last year, which remain lower than in previous years. It is unknown why there was a shift in numbers seen in the PRB. The mild weather during these years’ surveys, warm temperatures and clear skies, likely increased eagle activity and visibility. Other explanations could include fluxes in prey populations or severe weather in surrounding regions. In past years, bald eagle observations were most concentrated in the foothills along Interstate 90 between Sheridan and Buffalo. In these areas, road kill, fish and waterfowl provide valuable winter forage, while trees offer roosting sites where the eagles can keep warm at night. This year, while still mostly concentrated in riparian areas, eagles were more widely distributed. “Bald eagles were not seen in as large of groups as previous years,” reports Darci Stafford, BLM wildlife biologist. “The mild weather the day of the sur-
vey provided ideal foraging conditions for eagles, as exhibited by the number of observations scattered across the resource area away from roosting habitat.” While hundreds of bald and golden eagles are seen in the Basin during the winter months, only a few stay year-round. Approximately ten to twelve bald eagle pairs nest in the area. A greater number of golden eagles remain in the PRB to breed. The winter populations migrate north in March and April, returning to northern Canada and Alaska. For the first time in eight years, the survey was postponed in the Buffalo area due to winter weather. Despite the survey being moved to a Friday morning, volunteer turnout remained high, with two new routes surveyed and only one route going uncovered for a total of 59 surveyed routes.
Park. The BLM Cody and Worland field offices have been participating in the survey since the late 1980s, resulting in over 20 years of data that has been used in national population trend analyses. If you are interested in volunteering next year, or would like additional information, contact Charlotte Darling at 307-6841045 or Darci Stafford at 307684-1144. For more information on the national program and its results visit the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bird Initiative website at http://corpslakes. usace.army.mil/employees/bird/ midwinter.cfm.
“It’s great to see that the reschedule didn’t bring down volunteer enthusiasm,” said Chicago Botanic Garden and BLM Intern Hillary Duncan. “Volunteer support is really what makes the midwinter survey a success.” The information gathered from the survey is used by wildlife researchers and managers nationwide, but is also valuable on the local level. The data collected helps the BLM to determine important habitats in the BFO, which consists of Campbell, Johnson, and Sheridan counties. Winter storms led to surveys being rescheduled in the Newcastle and Casper area and in the Bighorn Basin. The national Midwinter Bald Eagle survey effort began in 1979 as an effort to identify wintering habitat and develop a total population index for the struggling eagle population in the lower 48 states. Collecting eagle data over the long-term has allowed analyses of population trends that help to monitor the health of the species as a whole. Other regions of the state participated in this yearly survey as well. Wildlife professionals from the BLM, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service helped coordinate local surveys in the following areas: Casper, Cody, Kemmerer, Lander, Newcastle, Pinedale, Rawlins, Rock Springs, and Worland BLM field offices; Bridger-Teton National Forest; Medicine Bow National Forest; Grand Teton National Park; and Yellowstone National
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Cowboy Tough Adventure Weekend Plans Finalized
State of Wyoming and rev3 adventure announce final plans for Cowboy Tough adventure weekend - July 18-21, 2013
"Rev 3 Adventure and the State of Wyoming will host its first annual Cowboy Tough Adventure Race weekend beginning July 18, 2013," announced Michael Spiller, Rev3's Race Director at the Governor's Tourism Conference held in Cheyenne on February 10-12, 2013. The weekend begins with expedition racers from all over North America beginning their 3.5 day, over 450 mile adventure. Racers will check in on Wednesday, July 17, 2013 in Casper, WY. Expedition racers will be bussed from Casper to Cheyenne for the start of the race. Racers will navigate across the state by trekking, mountain biking, paddling and accomplishing a variety of challenges across the route. "We chose Rev3 Adventure because
they demonstrated a vision that included highlighting the great natural wonders, tourist attractions and history of the state," stated Governor Mead.
members, spectators and the local community," stated Michael Spiller, Rev3's Adventure's Race Director.
The company, Rev3 Adventure are true experts at bringing highquality events to various cities. The Cowboy Tough Adventure Weekend also consists of a Rev3 Glow 5K and movie night for families, an Urban Challenge adventure, a family adventure race, whereby parents can race in teams with their children, and a Health and Family Outdoor Expo being held both Friday and Saturday of race weekend. Exhibitors from throughout the state will be attending and exhibiting, plus offering a variety of hands on demonstrations to include: navigation, paddling, mountain biking, healthy eating, and exercise programs. "Rev3 Adventure creates a unique experience for athletes, family
About Rev3 Adventure: Adventure racing mixes certain outdoor sports into a challenging and exciting experience. Mountain biking, trail running, trekking and water sports are built off of a navigation foundation, making for an outdoor multisport cocktail. From events that last just a few hours to multi-day races, Rev3 Adventure caters to both beginner and experienced participants. Vetted courses, good maps, great venues and a fun and safe environment are key components of every Rev3 Adventure race.
Please visit www.rev3adventure.com for more information.
Study: Fewer Wyoming Students Drinking And Smoking
(AP) — A study indicates fewer Wyoming junior high and high school students are using alcohol and tobacco. The Wyoming Department of Health says 17 of the 19 participating counties saw substantial reductions in alcohol use and 15 of 19 showed substantial reductions in tobacco use. The student survey provides detailed state- and county-level data on substance abuse issues,
risk factors and protective factors affecting Wyoming youth. Keith Hotle of the state Health Department says at the state level alcohol remains the most commonly reported used substance in all grade levels.
MHCC First in Wyoming to Receive New Advanced Nurse Call System
The agency uses the study to monitor changes in youth substance use trends.
The 2012 survey was administered for the state Health Department by the University of Wyoming Survey and Analysis Center.
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MedTech’s Brenda Hutzenbiler trains hospital staff on the new Telligence Nurse Call System. Photo courtesy MHCC. Memorial Hospital of Converse County has begun installation of a new, state-of-the-art nurse call system. The Telligence Staff Console Annunciator by Ascom is the first of its kind in Wyoming, and helps the hospital create a safer environment and improved experience for patients. The new patient notification system does much more than the former nurse call system. Some of the Telligence system’s more popular features allows the hospital to track patient call and nurse response times, automatically alerts the nurse station if a patient gets out of bed, and can lock down the entire Birthing
Center if the infant protection system is triggered. “It’s much more than a nurse call button,” said Missy Swanson, Med/Surg. Nursing Care Coordinator “This new system allows the Healthcare Unit Coordinator to track our staffs location on the floor. Each time a nurse or patient care tech enters or exits a patient’s room, the times are logged and alerts are sent to a main console at the nurse station.” The hospital spent more than two years researching upgraded call systems before deciding on Telligence. The $130,000 system is being installed in the Emergency Department, Birthing Center, and in all Inpatient rooms.
DNA Test To Prove Innocence A First For Wyoming (AP) — In a first for Wyoming, a court has ordered a post-conviction test of DNA. The Wyoming Tribune-Eagle reported Monday (http://tinyurl. com/ar47zcd ) that District Judge Thomas Campbell issued the order in the 23-year-old case of Andrew Johnson. Johnson was convicted of sexual assault and aggravated burglary in Laramie County in 1989 and was sentenced to life in prison. Johnson maintains his innocence. Seminal fluid collected in the case has not been tested for DNA. Johnson could be exonerated if the sample excludes him. According to the victim, Johnson broke into her apartment and sexually assaulted her. The Rocky Mountain Innocence Center, a nonprofit that seeks to correct or prevent wrongful convictions in Wyoming, Utah and Nevada, has taken Johnson's case. The center teamed up with Cheyenne attorney Aaron Lyttle, who filed the DNA motion under
a 2008 law that allows for postconviction DNA testing. "Andrew's is the first case to actually get post-conviction DNA testing in Wyoming," said Liz Fasse, a center attorney. Laramie County District Attorney Scott Homar said officials are trying to find the evidence in the case for testing. Results depend on a backlog of DNA tests at the State Crime Laboratory. "The turnaround time has been getting shorter and shorter, but I can't say for sure," Homar said. The Rocky Mountain center is investigating other Wyoming cases. The center receives about 200 requests for help a year and takes on about eight, Fasse said. "Certainly nobody wants to see an innocent person in prison," Homar said. "If something happened that was not in the interest of justice, we want to use all the tools at our disposal to fix it." Campbell issued his order on Feb. 8.
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Wyoming Home of Semi-Pro Football Team “Wyoming Knights” Erica Caves (TBC) Wyomingites may not be aware, but Wyoming is home to an outdoor football league. The semi-pro football team has dubbed themselves the "Wyoming Knights." The Knights got started back in 2011 in Douglas, Wyoming. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the Knights were unable to finish their 2011 season. Michael Trent took over the Knights in early 2012, but signed it over to James and Genia Farinha of Douglas in April, after Trent no longer had the needed time for the team. This year the Farinha’s are welcoming co-owner Scott Reck of Casper, to the roster. Reck will also play for the team. After a rocky 2012 season, the Knights were able to play a total of three games at Kelly Walsh High School and played the remaining games in Denver, Co.
Lacking sponsorship money, the Knights carpooled down to Denver. The Knights play 11 man football and after weathering extreme temps in Denver, bever won a game. The team, however, was able to gain a tremendous amount of respect from other teams in the league, proving very important to the Knights, and giving them the push they needed to look forward to the 2013 season. The Farinha's took over the Knights for the love of the game. It is a pay to play league, each member pays $200 dollars per season to play. The team then seeks out sponsors to pay for the rest of their seasonal expenses. All players on the team are signed from Wyoming, allowing the men of the Cowboy State the opportunity to keep playing the game they love. Playing football is not their only goal. The Knights are also
getting involved in the community. They are participating in community service activities and hope to host youth football camps as well as visit schools and speak to students. The team hopes to encourage kids to play sports and get involved in the community. The future is looking very bright for the Knights. They are very serious about what they are starting and want to prove to leagues in the area and the community that they are here to make a difference and they are here to stay. Stay tuned to The Bird Central Wyoming News for upcoming information on the Knights' happenings, scheduled events, and games. The Wyoming Knights are affiliated with the ADFL American Developmental Football League.
Casper Wrestling Club Memorial Invitational Tournament
the Glenrock Wrestling Club competed in Casper at the Casper Wrestling Club Memorial Invitational Tournament on Sunday February 24th, with head coach Don Flynn of Glenrock leading the pack. Here are the results: Peewee Ayden Moulton finished 3rd. Intermediate Caleb Bennett placed 5th. Novice Noah Halsey placed 2nd
Schoolboy Trenten Kraft placed 2nd. Wrestling hard but not placing were: Peewee Jarrett Guerrera Bantam Keegan Roumell Bantam Chad Preston Bantam Adam Johnson Bantam Kole Gronewold Bantam Luke Lythgoe Intermediate Kamden Thompson Intermediate Christian Jones Intermediate Logan Jones
Intermediate Kaden Thompson Intermediate Lane Raney Novice Tristan Tiensvold Novice Chad Brummond Novice Dustin Simmons Novice Dakohta Reynolds Novice Gavin Guerrera Novice Weston Knight Schoolboy Kauy Thompson.
Sewell Was Selected Third Team Academic All-America University of Wyoming Cowgirl basketball player Chaundra Sewell was named to the 201213 Capital One Academic AllAmerica® Division I Women's Basketball Third Team as selected by CoSIDA. She was one of 15 individuals to receive First, Second or Third Team honors. She was chosen earlier this month to the First Team Academic All-District VII Team. Sewell is a three-time Academic All-MW and Scholar Athlete selection, while carrying a gpa of 3.85 in pre-pharmacy. She has started in all 25 games this season and is averaging a team leading 15.2 points and 9.5 rebounds. She ranks among the Top 10 in five categories over-
all and in league games. Sewell has earned MW Player of the Week honors twice this season, and was named to the Pepperdine Thanksgiving Classic AllTournament Team. She has led the team in scoring ten times and rebounding 17 times, while recording nine double-doubles. With 24 points against Fresno State, she reached 1,000 points for her career and is currently 13th all-time with 1,155. She has also moved into the Cowgirl record book in rebounding, blocked shots, assists, field goals made, free throws made and attempts. To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity
starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director. Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 studentathletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports. For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com Info University Wyoming.
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Enzi To Serve On Tax, Energy Subcommittees Senate Finance Committee announces subcommittee members Washington, D.C. – As the lone accountant on the Senate Finance Committee, U.S. Senator Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., will serve as the Republican Leader on the Subcommittee on Taxation and Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Oversight, allowing him to work directly on the nation’s tax system. The Senate Finance Committee announced the panel’s six subcommittees for the 113th Congress in an executive session during a hearing on the nation’s budget and economic outlook Feb. 26. “I’m pleased to be on a panel charged with directly working on legislation to reform and modernize the confusing web of our current tax system,” said Enzi. “Our tax rules are overly complex and outdated, and they do not incentivize American economic growth. I look forward to the opportunity to preserve the committee process, and to restore sanity to our tax
and fiscal policies.” Enzi will also serve on the Finance Subcommittee on Health Care, as well as the Energy, Natural Resources and Infrastructure Subcommittee. Enzi is also a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee, where he serves as the Republican Leader of the Subcommittee on Children and Families. As a new member of the Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Committee, Enzi will serve on the Financial and Contracting Oversight Subcommittee, the Efficiency and Effectiveness of Federal Programs and the Federal Workforce Subcommittee, and the Emergency Management, Intergovernmental Relations, and the District of Columbia Subcommittee. Enzi’s other Senate committee assignments are the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and the Budget Committee.
Lawmakers Get Violent Emails Over Gun Control Ivan Moreno, Associated Press (AP) — Lawmakers are becoming the target of aggressive and sometimes threating emails and phone calls as the debate over stricter gun laws escalates in state capitols. In one Colorado case, emails and a letter to state Rep. Rhonda Fields were so charged with profanity and references to violence that police arrested the suspected author. Fields is a Democrat who represents the district where 12
people were killed in last year's suburban Denver theater shooting, and she's a leading proponent of new gun restrictions. In other states, police arrested a man suspected of threatening a California lawmaker last week. Wyoming lawmakers say they've also been getting abusive emails. The heightened emotions highlight a charged debate, pitting those who consider gun ownership a fundamental right, and others calling for stricter laws to prevent violence.
thing before you feel good about yourself.” In a culture that is predisposed to being politically correct, ignoring the missing component of “selfdiscipline,” Gates exploded the grand myth of self-esteem and its residue of a generation of kids who have no sense of reality, and has set them up for failure. The radical unmasking must continue. The myth is not benign, but insidious.
Beam Me Up, Yoda: Obama Flubs 'Star Trek' Term Darlene Superville, Associated Press
most as bad as confusing Klingons and Ewoks, or even Democrats and Republicans.
WASHINGTON (AP) — He's not a dictator and won't entertain the idea of a "Jedi mind-meld" with opponents. There's no "secret formula or special sauce" he can slip foes to make them see things his way. And not to worry, he says, the situation may look dire but won't be an "apocalypse."
Jedi are from "Star Wars," while mind melds happened on "Star Trek."
So who was the guy in a suit and tie who showed up Friday in the White House briefing room, mixing metaphors and references to "Star Wars" and "Star Trek"?
LLAP," Leonard Nimoy emailed after The Associated Press sought his reaction. Nimoy signed off with the abbreviation for his "Live long and prosper."
"I am not a dictator. I'm the president," Barack Obama declared as he rejected the idea of using Secret Service agents to keep lawmakers from leaving until everyone agreed on a budget. He answered reporters' questions shortly after an inconclusive, 52-minute meeting with the Democratic and Republican leaders of the House and Senate. "So ultimately, if (Senate Minority leader) Mitch McConnell or (House Speaker) John Boehner say, 'We need to go to catch a plane,' I can't have Secret Service block the doorway. Right?" Even if he did bar his office — the oval one — Obama said he wouldn't do a "Jedi mind-meld" with Congress' top two Republicans to persuade them "to do what's right." Yoda-quoting nerds, Beltway insiders and even Hollywood heroes were instantly abuzz. The presidential mishmash of sci-fi references went viral, turning off geeks who had considered Obama one of their own after a slip of the tongue that was al-
Mister Spock of "Star Trek" weighed in. "Only a Vulcan mind-meld would be effective on this Congress.
Maybe it was the power of the Force or some kind of Starfleet prime directive, but the White House couldn't ignore comments like that, flashing in and out of time and space and mixed metaphors like a Tardis traveling at warp speed in social media. It later tweeted: "We must bring balance to the force," with a link to an Obama photo inside a border designed to look like outer space. As for the situation that led Obama to the briefing room in the first place, he could have quoted Bobby McFerrin and just said: "Don't worry. Be happy." Instead, the president went with: "This is not going to be a apocalypse."
THE GRAND MYTH CONTINUES Every generation has its myths. Some have persisted longer than others. Many are harmless, like gnomes, who found their origin in Renaissance magic and alchemy, and are now relegated to a status as the ubiquitous ceramic guardians of flora and fauna. Both C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien, found a place for these elvish races in their epic writings that are now the stuff of digitally enhanced screenplays such as The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Hobbit. Other myths, when inculcated into virtually every fabric of our American culture, have wreaked ravenous consequences on countless generations. To explain its tenacity is daunting. Though it is at its core secular, it has gained religious proportions in its influence. Notwithstanding its practical contradictions, the brainwashing continues. From pre-school, to primary and secondary education, and through the hallowed halls of higher education, the apex of knowledge, propped up by educational TV, the media, and under the umbrella of “sociological fact” it persists and permeates our culture, save for a bastion of rational beings who have lived otherwise. We know it is insufficient to be an arche. What is this elixir that is hyped to cure children of all ages and backgrounds, and prepare them to knavishly “feel good about themselves?” SelfEsteem! Offered as a panacea for life, the unintended consequences are legion. Bill Gates, in an address to high school students, dished out his eleven rules of life. Rule # 2, “The world won’t care about your self-esteem. The world will expect you to accomplish some-
More than thirty years ago one of my sons brought home a copy of his second grade teacher’s lesson plan for our review. Pulling it from his crumpled folder, he produced a huge “thumb” fashioned from bright yellow paper. He explained that he was now “thumb-body.” Evidently, he was “no-body” before. After meeting with his teacher, she explained that this new curriculum was designed to provide much needed “selfesteem” for primary students. My conclusion, “What a load of crap!” This off-spring, years later, found out at Marine boot camp, that his Drill Sergeant hadn’t yet heard he was “thumbbody.” He had to demonstrate it through self-discipline. In California in the late 1980’s, a State Assemblyman, and Governor George Deukmejian, set up a task force to raise self-esteem, arguing that it would reduce crime, teen pregnancy, drug use, raise school achievement, and hopefully, that one day it might help balance the state’s budget. Have you been to California lately? Nothing is a substitute for selfdiscipline that is forged in the caldron of learning to regulate one’s conduct by principle and sound judgment, rather than impulse, desire, social pressure, cupidity or feeling good. A disciplined life runs counter to this monolithic conventional “grand myth” that engulfs our society. Just ask classical guitarist, Christopher Parkening, or pediatric neurosurgeon Dr. Ben Carson. They should know. What do you think?
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Gov. Mead Signs Human Trafficking Bill Into Law
Wyoming Legislature Adjourns General Session
(AP) — The Wyoming Legislature has adjourned the general session that started in early January.
lowing an address by Gov. Matt Mead. The Senate already had adjourned following an earlier address by the governor.
The Wyoming House adjourned at 3:52 p.m. Wednesday, fol-
Mead congratulated both houses for their work in crafting a state
budget that includes 6.5-percent cuts for most agencies. He contrasted the Legislature's work with that of Congress, saying a major problem with Washington is politicians' unwillingness to make tough decisions.
Gov. Mead Addresses Legislature As It Wraps Up Ben Neary, Associated Press
session followed Mead's call for 6.5-percent budget cuts for most state agencies.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming lawmakers should be proud of their public service and their willingness to make tough decisions, Gov. Matt Mead said Wednesday in remarks capping off the general legislative session that started in early January.
"I think that's one of the fundamental things that's wrong with Washington, D.C. — that they won't make those tough decisions," the governor said.
Mead told lawmakers in separate addresses in the Senate and House that he was in Washington, D.C., last weekend for meetings with other governors. The Republican said he heard from governors from both parties that they disagreed with the way Congress is handling the pending automatic budget cuts. He noted states have to make tough decisions about balancing their budgets every day and, unlike the federal government, lack the ability to print their own money. "There was disagreement among the Democrats and the Republicans over whether that was the right amount of cuts or more cuts needed to be made," Mead said. "But what there was agreement on was that by setting up something that they all say that they don't want now, and doing it on the 11th day, the 11th hour, that's no way to run a business. That's no way to run a railroad." The Wyoming Legislature this
Despite cutting state agencies, the Legislature approved a supplemental budget that still adds roughly $78 million in new spending, largely because of one-time spending on projects. That's on top of the $3.2 billion state funds budget that lawmakers approved last year for the biennium that runs through mid-2014. Mead vetoed language in the budget bill that would have required state agencies to spell out further detailed cuts in the coming two fiscal years. The governor said there's no point in going through the considerable work of preparing for specific cuts before detailed state revenue estimates are in. Mead already has signed into law a bill that passed this session that will increase the state's fuel tax by 10 cents a gallon starting July 1. That increase will raise about $70 million a year, with about two-thirds going to the Wyoming Department of Transportation and the rest going to cities and counties.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming now has its own laws barring human trafficking. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports that Gov. Matt Meat signed House Bill 133 into law on Wednesday. It makes it a felony to knowing-
ly recruit, harbor, receive or participate in other ways in forced labor or sexual servitude. It also offers protection for people who have been trafficked.
Until now, Wyoming was the only state without its own human trafficking laws and relied on the federal government to prosecute such cases.
Violators will be subject to up to 50 years in prions and fines up to $10,000.
signed into law, to remove Cindy Hill as head of the Education Department. Hill has been replaced by a temporary director appointed by Mead. Eventually a permanent director will be appointed by the governor, with approval from the state Senate. "The main message that I want to give to all of you is that this has been a tough session, and I know that," Mead said. "But I also know that it's better to have a tough session than to avoid those issues that affect generations to come. You all have tackled those issues." Sen. John Hastert, D-Green River, the House Minority Caucus chairman, said after Mead's speech that he agrees that the Legislature did a lot of good work and didn't shrink from handling difficult issues. "I appreciated the governor's comments about the fact that Washington needs to take a lesson here from Wyoming and learn how to tackle tough decisions and make the tough decisions when you have to," Hastert said.
The Legislature also passed a bill this session, which Mead
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